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Top Five Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities for May 30 & 31st Weekend

IMG_9056Here are the top five recommended Tokyo family weekend activities for May 30 & – 31st, 2015. The weather looks a bit iffy this weekend, so I have selected a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities. If you want fun and excitement, cheer folks on at the Yamathon or dance at the One Love Jamaican Festival.  Rainy or something a bit quieter, then see two great exhibits before they close Monday – The Louvre at the National Art Museum or the “Measuring: This much. That much. How much?” exhibit at 21-21 Design Sight. For some great fresh bread, veggies and fruit head to the UN Farmers Market. There are also two very large antique flea markets – Antique Fair in Shinjuku and the Yokohama Kimono Ichi.

Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities: May 30 & 31, 2015

images1. Yamathon (around Tokyo) – If you did not join a team to participate in the Yamathon this Saturday, May 30th, you can still visit any Yamanote station and cheer. The Yamathon is a fundraising challenge where teams of three or four people compete to walk or run through Tokyo, visiting all 29 stations of the famous JR Yamanote train line in under 12 hours.  The start and finish are near Tokyo station. Start is 8:00. 100% of the teams registration fee goes to NADIA, an international volunteers group focusing on helping the recovery of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in March 2011. Teams can take any course and any transport as long as they visit all 20 stations and have a picture of the entire team in front of each station.  I will definitely be visiting a few stations tomorrow to cheer!  If you are interested in participating next year Yamathon details are here.


2. 21-21 Design Sight exhibit “Measuring: This much. That much. How much?” (Roppongi) -This is the last weekend to visit the 21-21 Design Sight exhibit  “Measuring: This much. That much. top_posterHow much?”. I attended last month with my 3rd stop_posteron (elementary) who is not a huge fan math. He and I had a great time thinking about how area, weight, speed, etc. are measured. Great exhibit to take tweens or teens. The Measuring exhibit will run until Sunday, May 31st, 2015.  There is more info about 21-21 Design Sight at this link

21-21 Design Sight
Height21-21 Design Sight Details

 21-21 Design Sight Details

Address:9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 
Phone: 03-3475-2121
Open days and hours: Open Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday); 11:00 – 20:00 (Entrance until 19:30)
Cost: Adults 1,000 yen, university student 800 yen, high and junior high school student 500 yen, ages 12 and under free
Access: 5 min walk from Roppongi station (exit 6) on the Toei Oedo Line, and  Nogizaka station (exit 3) on the Chiyoda Line


*表面20153. One Love Jamaican Festival (Yoyogi/Harajuku) – What is the One Love Jamaica Festival!? The One Love Jamaica Festival is a yearly event held in Tokyo Japan which promotes the relationship between Jamaica and Japan. The festival explores the deep-rooted history in the Japanese’s love for Reggae music that originated in Jamaica. The festival includes food booths, live performances, and cultural booths among other activities. This year’s event will celebrate the life of the ‘Reggae God’ Bob Marley under the theme- ‘Celebrating 70 years of Bob’. Enjoy some awesome music, food to queue for and summer drinks. A great family outing.

Jamaican Festival Details
Date: Sat – Sun, May 30 & 31, 2015
Time:1o:00 – 20:00
Address: Yoyogi Park, 2-3 Jingu Mae, Shibuya-ku
Cost: free entrance
Access: 5 min walk from Harajuku station on the Yamanote line
Stoller and wheelchair friendly. You can also take your dog, but keep on a short leash.


Tokyo Farmers Market, Best Living Japan4. Farmers Market at the UN University
(Omotesando) Love, love wondering through the farmers market at the UN University between Omotesando and Shibuya stations. Over 70 vendors come to sell their fresh produce, honey, rice and more. There are also food and drink trucks for hearty appetites. My kids and I bike to the market and spend an hour or so tasting the samples. We never walk away empty-handed, usually buying more than enough to fill our bike baskets. A lot of the produce is also organic.  This weekend there is a special theme around bread and sandwiches – 40 booths will sell handmade bread for your summer picnics.Tokyo Farmers Market, Best Living Japan

Farmers Market at the UN University Details
Dates and Times: Saturday & Sunday 10:00 – 16:00
Address: 5-53-70 Jingue Mae, Shibuya, Tokyo
Cost: free admission
Access: 5 min walk from Omotesando station or 7 min walk from Shibuya station
Website: http://farmersmarkets.jp (in Japanese only)
Toilets: No toilets
Child friendly: Stroller friendly, lots of samples for kids to nibble, also wheelchair friendly


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5. Musée du Louvre at the National Art Center, Tokyo (Roppongi) – Also closing this Sunday, May 31st is the lovely exhibit from the Louvre Museum entitled Genre Painting – Scenes from Daily Life. Great for a rainy day! I visited the museum the other day and enjoyed the 83 works in the exhibit. All of the paintings refer to everyday life showing not only the amazing artistry, but a peaking whole into the history of each period.  The paintings span four centuries from the Renaissance to the mid-19th century. Artists include Tiziano, Rembrandt, Murillo, Watteau, Chardin, and Millet and many more. I highly recombined for both art and history lovers.

Musée du Louvre at the National Art Center, Tokyo Details

Address: The National Art Center, Tokyo, 7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Open hours and days: 10:00 -18:00, Open Wednesday – Monday; Closed Tuesdays
Cost: Adults 1,600 yen, College and High School students 1,200yen, Junior High and below free
Access: 3 min walk from Nogizaka station (Exit 6) on the Chiyoda Line; 5 min walk from Roppongi station (Exit 4A) on the Hibiya Line; 4 min walk from Roppongi station (Exit 7) on the Oedo Line.
Website: http://www.ntv.co.jp/louvre2015/english/


Top 5 Recommended Tokyo Family Weekend Activities: May 30 – 31, 2015


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